My sisters and I stayed at Casa Marina Reef for 7 days starting on May 29, 2004 til June 5, 2004. We had the time of our lives! First, we were worried about the weather because the forecast said it would rain all week, but it rained for about five minutes the entire trip. The staff there was awesome! They were really friendly and entertaining. The best staff member there had to be Kelbi, who directed the bike tour, water areobics and organized games. You'll notice him to be the one who always says: Oh my God, I love my job.
The seafood a la carte was the best. The food at the buffet restaurants was good enough. Each day there was a different theme, such as BBQ, Italian, Spanish, etc, but their pasta was always too salty. The pool area was always really clean and the same can be said about the beach. There were the occasional thong or fat topless people, but the resort's scenery makes up for it. The bar had a variety of choices and a list of drinks that the bartenders are familiar with.
The nightly entertainment was very entertaining. The staff would put on a show, either intricate choreographed dancing or lip syncing numbers, it was still exciting to watch. The only local club we went to was called Classico and there was a cover the night we went. It's full of locals and visitors and played mainly latin music with a hip hop beat. Guys should be careful of the local ladies in the club, b/c many of them are prostitutes or thieves, so watch your money. The resort's disco can be fun, depending on the crowd that is there, but they do play really good music.
We took only one excursion while we were there and that was purchased through Mel's Tour which was just outside the resort. The tour was called Jeep Safari US$25 and it included swimming and climbing seven waterfalls and then sliding or jumping back to the beginning point. Make sure you tip your tour guides because they are a big help and don't make a lot of money. The tour also includes stops in the local village where there's a small market, you get to sit on a funny looking bull and taste some really good cooffee. Bring a bag of candies so you can give them to the local children. But do not give them all away at the first two stops (about 5 stops in total) b/c there's more children along the way. A lunch is included and the food actually tastes better than the resort's. But bring enough money for all these things, such as shopping and tipping.
One complaint I might have is the watersport, wich was hardly ever available. For both resorts, they only utilized 2 kayaks, and the pedal boats were extra and wind surfing was only available to those who knew how to windsurf.
The resort is close to Sosua Beach which is five minutes away. The sand is more powdery and water even more clear. The difficulty in getting there is passing through the market with the local merchants trying to get you to stop in their store. The shopping can get tiresome because the stores all sell basically the same things, but the prices vary depending on your negotiating skills. Always start your bargaining at about a quarter of their asking price and your should pay only about a third of what they price you with. Our exchange rate was US$1 = 48 Dominican Pesos. Everything is cheaper when purchasing in Pesos and the hotel exhange rate is similar to the exchange banks outside the resort.
We had a blast and it's only been a week since we got back, but we all miss it terribly. We want to go back because it's a complete different (more relaxing) world there.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Marina Beach & Reef Resort
- Casa Marina Reef Dominican Republic
- Casa Marina Reef Sosua